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Samantha

Elkridge, MD, USA

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  • A People's History of the United States: Highlights from the Twentieth Century

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Howard Zinn
    • Narrated By Matt Damon, Howard Zinn
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    Since its original landmark publication in 1980, A People's History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version of history taught in schools (with its emphasis on great men in high places) to focus on the street, the home, and the workplace.

    Michael says: "the second half is better"
    "Smarmy is as Matt Daemon Does"
    Overall

    Go with the Abridged version, read by Zinn himself. No one does Zinn like Zinn.

    Matt Daemon's voice drones over every single sentence in the book. What is otherwise one of the most ennervating and intelligent books in American history is a boring, lecture-style snooze.

    Any story is mind numbing if the reader never changes his inflection. Yes, Mr. Daemon, there is a difference in inflection between the period and the comma.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Exodus: A Story from Haunted - Free Excerpt

    • UNABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: twenty-three of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter, sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months", and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them.

    William says: "A waste of time."
    "More excellence than I can sum up"
    Overall

    There is more excellence in this book than I could ever sum up in this short review.

    There are plenty of poorly read audiobooks out there. Mark Kashman(sp?) makes excellent use of inflection to draw the listener into the tale.

    Having intellectually lost many friends to the "Fight Club" hype I vowed never to read Palaniuk's books and sink into the cognitive frostbite of young, projected bitterness that my peers found in this book. Then I rationalized. /Listening/ isn't /Reading/. I'm glad I did. I am now a Palahniuk fan. Sure as I can leave my life for 3 months and become a writer, I can make mistakes.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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